KALISPELL, Mont. - The following information was sent out by U.S. Forest Service and the Flathead Avalanche Center.
Avalanches kill more people on national forests than any other natural hazard. The best way to stay safe is to know the conditions, get the training, carry rescue gear, and stay out of harm's way.
Backcountry terrain is neither patrolled nor controlled by professionals, so if you're planning on going 'out back' or 'off the edge', it’s important to be well trained in avalanche safety.
The Flathead Avalanche Center provides a variety of educational opportunities including free one-hour awareness talks throughout the winter. The next two are Friday Jan. 13 in Coram at the Stonefly Lounge and Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Browning Community Hospital. The Center's Jan. 19 and 22 motorized specific Introduction to Avalanches course, offered in conjunction with Flathead Valley Community College, still has spots available as well. For more information on courses, and to view the daily avalanche advisory visit: flatheadavalanche.org.
The Flathead Avalanche Center functions as a partnership between the Flathead National Forest and a not for profit organization known as the Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center. These entities have partnered through a formal agreement to provide quality avalanche information products for the public and affected agencies that include avalanche advisories and education.